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American Dinner

By on February 21, 2015

Seared tenderloins.  Crispy roasted potatoes.  Served on a family heirloom…

Things taste better with a little history.  Our 100-year old ironstone platter, passed down a few generations.  This bad boy has seen a few steaks in its time.   

And we’ll be having a whiskey peppercorn cream sauce.  Oh yes we will….


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Lamb Racks with Gruyere Soufflé and Haricots Verts

By on January 12, 2015

A lick of French for a Sunday Winter’s eve.   And yes the tree is coming down soon.  We  rock our honky tonk, but the lights won’t be up in July. 

Lamb racks, rubbed in a bit of oil.  Cracked pepper, sea salt, Herbs de Provence.  Screaming hot pan, sear bones up…


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Roasted Chestnut and Wild Mushroom Bisque

By on December 7, 2014

A couple leeks, sliced thin and washed well.  Cooked down in a good knob of butter and a throw of salt.  Wild mushrooms, roasted at 425º with some oil and S&P until lightly browned.  Roasted shelled chestnuts.  Warmed chicken stock.  Everyone in the blender with a squeeze of fresh…


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Apartment “BBQ” Ribs

By on October 12, 2014

The condo board frowns on wood smokers, grills and pretty much anything that’s on fire.  And frying a turkey is definitely out.  In the burbs you can burn down your own house, but in the city you’ll end up burning down other people’s places too — like 250 other people….


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Dinner party Summer Meal

Shrimp and Crab Enchiladas

By on June 21, 2014

A great addition to Taco Night — soft corn tortillas stuffed with shrimp, lump crabmeat and melted spicy jack cheese, all topped with red and green chili sauce …
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Toss shrimp…


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Dinner party Man Meal

The Wing Post

By on June 14, 2014

Ok so finally here’s the wing post.  There’s really no reason to have wings delivered for a game.  They lose any crispy crunch – and nobody wants depressing, deflated rubbery nubs.  Boooo!  

Dry wings off thoroughly.  Ideally, spread uncovered on a cookie sheet and slide into the bottom shelf of…


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Lettuce Wraps. Porky ones though.

By on April 28, 2014

Lettuce — healthy!  Let’s add some fatty caramelized pork and drizzle it all with sweet hoisin …

 

Rub a trimmed pork shoulder with salt and sugar, braise in a covered pot with about an inch of stock at 225º for a few hours until it all collapses. Shred with forks, spread out…


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Pan-Seared Lamb Porterhouses

By on March 16, 2014

Lamb porterhouse: meaty sirloin and tender filet, split by a T-bone:  

Rub 2-inch lamb porterhouse chops with canola oil, season with Herbes de Provence, cracked pepper and kosher salt.  Into a screaming hot pan for about 3 or 4 minutes a side.  Let rest aside, reduce heat melt a…


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Dinner party Family Meal

Herb-Stuffed Roasted Tenderloins

By on February 18, 2014

Here’s a real treat – perfect for a big family meal.  The pics are from the holidays…

Step 1 – butterfly the tenderloin roast (or have your butcher do it), and smear the inside with an herb paste – here I used chopped fresh tarragon, parsley, thyme and rosemary mixed…


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Appies Dinner party

Quail Egg Canapé

By on December 27, 2013

Like a lot of miniature things, quail eggs are fun.  Served these as an appetizer during a family visit over the Thanksgiving weekend:
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Slice a baguette thinly, brush with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, pepper and garlic powder.  Into a 350º oven until lightly toasted and…

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